Bus overturns in China: 10 migrant workers killed, dozens injured

A bus overturned in southern China and plunged down a steep cliff killing 10 of the migrant workers on board and injuring 36 others, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday.

The accident occurred Monday in Guizhou province's Sinnan County when the bus with 49 passengers, all rural workers except the driver, overturned and then plummeted down a 29-meter (95-foot) grade, Xinhua said.

Seven people died on the spot and three died later in the hospital, it said.

Thirty-five passengers and the driver were injured, Xinhua said, citing the Guizhou province Bureau of Work Safety. An earlier report had said only 15 were injured. It did not explain why the number of injured had more than doubled.

The report did not say what caused the accident.

All the passengers were migrant workers from the countryside seeking jobs in the wealthy, coastal province of Guangdong. The bus was headed to Jiangmen city in Guangdong, it said.

China's roads are among the world's deadliest. Tens of thousands of people are killed each year in accidents blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles or inattention to safety rules, reports the AP.


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